Bringin’ It Back / Happy Holidays / 2017 REVIEW / 2018 RESOLUTIONS

Here, 5 months later, while watching college football on my couch, I am writing my new blog post. Starting off with a thought of me being an awful blogger (I could use a word that is a little bit harsher, but gotta love myself) and apologizing might not be the best idea to start a new post, but there are some things I want to share.

Thank you for reading this blog post! You would probably usually see this line at the end of the post, but I would never mind thanking you twice. Thank you for staying here, on my blog, and still being interested in what I am writing about. Over the past months, a lot of things and events have taken place, which is exactly why I have created this blog post. Hope you enjoy and understand my situation : )

The class load this year has significantly increased compared to both previous years of high school added together. As you would probably hear from many American students and teacher, junior year (11th grade) is always when the kids struggle the most and also when they usually started to lose motivation to continue doing basically anything. Think about it, a year from now I will already know the decision of my first choice college about me. My life can be basically planned out for the next four years in a year. As crazy as it sounds, I am trying to push away the thought about universities, at least for now. It is a hard decision to make: do I want to (or do I have to) stay in state?, do I want to go to a private institution? what AP classes can (or should) I take to use my credits in college? All of that just makes my head go spinning. Of course, I would love to get out of state, particularly, to go to Washington, D.C. But at the same do I really want to make my parents’ and my life so miserable where I have to be paying my education for my whole life?

In other news, HAPPY NEW YEAR! And also, Happy Hannukah, Kwanzaa, Merry Christmas, and overall Happy Holidays! Hope you had an amazing break from this whole mess of a year, and now we get to start fresh. Of course, as my father says, you could start fresh any day, it does not have to be January 1st or a Monday, but we all know that we need that accepted-by-everyone excuse ; ) I prefer to believe that 2018 will bring many new memories to my life (already making plans for the summer, whoop whoop!). So, before I start with the resolutions/goals to reach my destinations and compile my plans, I would love to have a quick review of my achievements of 2017 (check out my post from last year for reference).

Review of 2017:

  1. Spend less time on my phone – achieved by 3/5. Throughout the second semester of sophomore year, I tried not being on my phone during class, also during dinners with family and overall while spending time with them. As the junior year started, something went downhill. But I am not losing hope. One thing I would like to mention is the deactivation and complete deletion of my Snapchat account. No regrets here : )
  2. Manage time wisely – well, this needs so much work. I had even created a schedule to help me literally see when to start my homework (basically, as soon as I eat and walk my dog). But no, ignoring everything is the way to go! (no). HEY, MY 2018 SELF, TAKE NOTES.
  3. Eat healthily and work out at least 3-4 times a week. Ehh… I mean, I barely eat junk food, but the whole ‘working out’ aspect of this resolution gets unsatisfactory. TAKE NOTES 2.0!
  4. Get out of the house more – easy! Especially after you get a hyperactive puppy : D
  5. Practice driving – guess who got a 100% on her driving test? ; )
  6. Stay positive/no hate – got so much better with this. Plus, I got a lamp made out of salt crystals for Christmas, which has a purpose of erasing negative aura around the individual. Helping myself get better!
  7. Learn how to play 3 songs on the guitar – 0/3? I have definitely practiced, but not as much as I might have wanted to/could have. My fingers are still not capable of fast movements between the chords. But get ready for my new New Year resolutions!
  8. Be less indecisive and less dependent on people – definitely improved with that, though could work on it a little more.

Here it is – my goals for 2017! Now, to my new plans : ) This year, I decided to be much more specific with my resolutions. There is not much to explain,

Goals of 2018:

  1. Walk my dog EVERY DAY (with taking weather into consideration).
  2. Read at least 10 books this year.
  3. Learn how to play fragments from at least 3 songs on guitar this year (these two in particular: “New Year’s Day” by Taylor Swift and “Touch and Go” by Ed Sheeran).
  5. Translate every word I do not know.
  6. Less than 2 hours on the phone each day.
  7. No technology at least 2 hours before bed.
  8. Blog at least once a week (Wednesday).
  9. Get at least 8 hours of sleep each night.
  10. Get back on that “5-days of weekly exercise”, even if I only have to walk my dog every day to reach the goal.
  11. No phone at the table and in the bathroom. (Check out the full list here, very useful for our time)
  12. Fix your posture.
  13. Stop social withdrawal. You will not regret it, at least once a month.
  14. Stop being indecisive about little things that will not have major effects on your life.

Here you go! The list might be short and strict, but that is what I feel like going by this year : ) Bu the way, did you notice a blog schedule up there? (wink wink) Yep, yep! No more disappearances for half-a-year! Hope you would still like to hear more : ) After all, there has not been a day, I promise you, when I have not been thinking about blogging. Having all the unfinished post ideas in my writing section here, on WordPress, I feel guilty. But do not worry, everything is coming up : ) I am coming back! Getting ready to read all the blog posts I missed tomorrow since it is already midnight. See you soon : ) Thank you for reading!

Share your 2018 goals down in the comments!!! Can’t wait to read them and add to my list!

xx wb

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